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cesperanza | The Next Story After This
But I don't like the "two-star, three-star" metaphor, I like the baseball system: stars are about "quality" where baseball's all about action, tactics--use-value! Because for me, it's all about going out and swinging. You don't GET the home run stories if you don't swing regularly*, and singles are good, bunts are good, because they keep you in the game. Me, I am all about the game--fandom's the game! I want to be in the game!--and like, I can live with posting a story that's "eh" or a flashfiction that's a bunt, because hey, wow, the next one will be better, and at least I'm still playing. And being in the game means that sometimes you suck--you go out, you swing, you strike out, but hey, you wave your bat at the couple of fans who are happy to see you anyway, and then you go in the bullpen and ice your shoulder and watch your teammates play, knowing you've got to go out there again in about half an hour.
fandom  meta  cesperanza  thediscourse 
september 2017 by suddenlyjen
The Way Out Is The Way Down - Speranza - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
"We’re alive in defiance of the law, now,” Natasha said bitterly.

“Well,” Steve said, and pushed his plate away. “We’ll just have to break in and get them.”

“Right, let’s take it from the top,” Natasha said wearily. “The Raft is a fully submersible supermax prison—“

“We can do it,” Steve said.
captainamerica  steverogers  buckybarnes  cesperanza  steve/bucky  escape  slash  establishedrelationship  wakanda  length-medium  post-movie  civilwar 
july 2016 by ratcreature
Self Defense
They were guilty. So they had to be guilty; Reese had just made them guilty of something irrelevant.
fic  fpf  personofinterest  finch/reese  haroldfinch  johnreese  cesperanza  slash  undercover  gaybar  <005k  2013  firsttime  dubcon 
june 2016 by wolfgrin
OK Computer - Speranza - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
Rodney, heart pounding as he reloaded, ventured a quick, nervous look up over his unmade bed and saw that the alien was wearing his face. Oh my God, a shapeshifter—! he thought hysterically, raising his gun, just as the alien yelled, "I'm not a shapeshifter!" and oh my God, oh my God, a mind-reading shapeshifter! "—or a mind-reading—oh, for God's sake," the soul-sucking alien said, now sounding distinctly irritated. "I'm you, all right? Just quit firing! Look, I know about the lesbians."
sga  fic  mckay/sheppard  timetravel  cesperanza  long  rocksmysocks  from instapaper
january 2016 by inkjunket
20th Century Limited - Speranza - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]

“Where am I? Where is this?” and he was in Brooklyn, he was on a beach, the train was shaking around him. He was in the plane, ice splintering up onto the windshield. He was in a tank, tubes trailing from his face, from his groin. Christ, he was cold. There was still ice on his fingers. He was in the Grand Canyon. He was in Times Square. This couldn’t be Times Square. Where the hell was this? “Tell me! Where am I, who are you, where’s—” —Bucky?
avengers  fic  bucky/steve  epic  omgheart  telepathy  cesperanza  from instapaper
september 2015 by inkjunket
War Bride - Speranza - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: "Rodney’s my desert island guy,” he says finally, because it’s the simplest, truest thing he can say: if there’s one person he gets to keep with him, he chooses McKay. It’s as simple as that.
sga  fic  mckay/sheppard  long  cesperanza  favorite  from instapaper
june 2015 by inkjunket
38 Minutes
"Have you ever known the pleasure of drawing to an inside straight?" Trapper demands.
fic  fpf  mash  hawkeye/trapper  slash  cesperanza  hawkeyepierce  trappermcintyre  2006  <005k 
march 2015 by wolfgrin
Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square - Speranza - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Natasha wanted to tell him the whole story of wartime London and the pub and seeing who Steve Rogers was before he lost everything, and meeting The Winter Soldier only to find out that he was just a young charmer named Bucky Barnes.
avengers  captainamerica  slash  timetravel  cesperanza  length-medium  steve/bucky  steverogers  buckybarnes  tonystark  natasharomanov  london  wwii  firsttime 
july 2014 by ratcreature
cesperanza: Dear Fandom: Could You Please Stop Saying That?
2007 post on why fanfic is not illegal.
All that being said, here's my devil's advocate argument: if I haven't convinced you, if you just read the foregoing and thought, "nah, Ces is on drugs; I'm a thief! I'm a rebel! I'm a bad, bad girl!" then let me say this: it would be a good idea for you not to air your (erroneous) belief that fanfiction is illegal in public. Because if I were the other side's lawyer, I'd say, "Look! See! They themselves think it's illegal." (Can I just say, this is part of where I want to kill myself every time a remix challenge kerfuffle happens and people go, "Hey! You can't tranform my work! That's stealing!" *facepalm*.) The acafan community to which I belong has gotten very sensitive about this, because we now realize that if--and I say if, because again, I don't think it's going to happen, because I believe they'll lose--but IF it goes to court, it's very likely that those of us who publish academic work on fandom could be called or cited as expert witnesses. So nowhere will you find in my fannish or published writings the (erroneous) statement that "fanfiction is copyright infringing." There has been no legal ruling on the matter. There's a hella strong case for transformative use.

This race has not been called, and so IMHO we shouldn't act like it has until it HAS.
fandom  meta  fanfic-defense  cesperanza 
may 2013 by greedy_dancer
cesperanza: The Next Story After This
""Well, if they don't like this, maybe they'll like the next one." ...Because the next story is the KILLER story--the next story I write, wow, that's totally going to be the one that rocks people's socks. Or, okay, maybe not the next one, because I've started the next one, and it's kind of a mess, and it's not at all the way I thought it would be in my head--but the one after that? The one after that, maybe I'll get another Chicago's Most Wanted or something, another Eggroll.....

In my head, everything I've ever written can be classified as a single, a double, a triple, a home run, a strikeout or a bunt.... You don't GET the home run stories if you don't swing regularly*, and singles are good, bunts are good, because they keep you in the game....

"What's next?" is not a bad motto either; you have to live, I think, like you haven't written your best work yet, like the best stories are right around the corner if you just stretch out your fingers."
lj/dw  cesperanza  writing  meta 
december 2012 by age.or.wizardry

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